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Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Nick Collison

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Collison.
Oklahoman Published: June 18, 2014

Slater – I’ll go with Collison. But it all depends on Jones. Just like Adams in the playoffs, if Jones expands his game and proves dependable, he can leap Collison in the rotation. Higher upside. But Scott Brooks knows what he’s getting in Collison. He trusts him. Can’t yet say the same about Jones.

Tramel – I'll stick with Collison. But this year, Collison played 1,353 minutes. Perry Jones played 764. Those numbers will be much closer next season. Probably both around 1,000. The Thunder will use more small-ball lineups next season, though in truth, Jones is about three inches taller than Collison, so small-ball is sort of a silly term.

3. Will Collison end his career in OKC?

Mayberry – Yes. He's come to embody what a Thunder role player looks like. In that regard, Collison is as much of a pillar for the franchise as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Like those two, Collison also was here from the beginning, also endured the tough times and also helped establish the culture that exists today. He's a foundational piece. He's highly respected in the organization. He's not going anywhere.

Slater – Probably. He seems like a guy who would pride himself on a one-franchise career, trying to stick it out until he sees the Thunder hoist that trophy. And we all know how the OKC front office feels about him. There’s one year left on his current contract. Then I could see the Thunder bringing him back for another year or two for around the vet minimum before he calls it quits.

Tramel – I'm going to guess yes. Collison's body probably won't last in the NBA rigors much longer. He's not a guy who will be on the end of the bench at age 39. His value is going down by the year. So I'll say he finishes a Thunder.

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